Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls,
something borrowed which we mistake as our own.
Ignorance is better than this; clutch at madness instead.
Always run from what seems to benefit your self:
sip the poison and spill the water of life.
Revile those who flatter you;
lend both interest and principle to the poor.
Let security go and be at home amidst dangers.
Leave your good name behind and accept disgrace.
I have lived with cautious thinking;
now I'll make myself mad.
`Elm-e taqlidi vabâl-e jân-e mâst
`âriyeh-st va mâ neshasteh k'ân-e mâst
Zin kherad jâhel hami bâyad shodan
dast dar divanegi bâyad zadan
Har cheh bini sud-e khvod ze ân mi goriz
zahr nush va âb-e hayvân-râ be-riz
Har keh bastâyad terâ doshnâm deh
sud o sarmâyeh be-mofles vâm deh
Aymani be-gozâr va jâ-ye khawf bâsh
be-gozar az nâmus va rasvâ bâsh o fâsh
zmudam `aql-e durândish-râ
ba`d azin divâneh sâzam khvish-râ
-- Mathnawi II: 2327-2332
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra
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